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Pistolcraft for the Tactical Operator

The course titled “Pistolcraft for the Tactical Operator” is a short four-to-six-hour (depending on the number of people in attendance) firearms training segment presented at the annual SWAT academy hosted by the South Suburban Emergency Response Team

The Importance of Authority

It has been a tough couple of years for police departments and their officers. A record number of law enforcement officers (458) were killed in the line of duty in 2021, with many losing their lives to

A Valuable Weapon For The Toolbox

It’s 3 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va., at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournament. The long-awaited match is about to begin between two Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors. The first competitor is a judo champion and coming off

UNIQUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, Part VII

Oh, say can you see American police officers standing tall What so proudly we hail’d Saving those from oppression, violence and crime through the perilous fight … so gallantly Forsaking their own safety to bravely protect

Sustainability for Today and Tomorrow

I have a problem … I have a thriving School Resource Officer (SRO) program. I know, it doesn’t sound like a problem, but hear me out.  My school resource officer is visible and social. The school district

Safeguarding America’s Protectors: A Community Responsibility

It has been my privilege to address law enforcement agencies through published works in The Chief of Police for 13 years, and audiences nationwide for more than 20 years. These initiatives have addressed issues, including ethical policing,

Mass Demonstration Recommendations

The challenges to their profession are daunting. We continually witness accelerating violence, apathy, distrust, cynicism and callousness throughout society.

Understanding the Profession

The challenges of policing in America are at a critical crossroads, and a transformative commitment to the profession is necessary. Challenges facing police agencies and departments are numerous. These include the overriding issue of building bridges of

PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS UNIQUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

God Bless AmericaAnd our troops, law officers and all of Her guardians.Land that I loveThose who know this love are truly the Blessed People.Stand Beside Her, And Guide Her,As God stands to safeguard us,we stand to

Moving Beyond Ego

We all have an ego, some more pronounced than others. Ego can have a negative impact on not only daily operation of walking the corners but also on how we lead others and ourselves. The ego,

Problems and Solutions Unique to Law Enforcement

LEOs are those who fight to right unrightable wrongs. This is our destiny; this is our grit. If you see us comin’ better straighten up; a lotta foes didn’t and a lotta of ‘em wish they

In Memoriam: America’s Fallen Police Officers

As of June 30, 2021, according to preliminary data from the Department of Justice, 155 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty this year. The Department of Justice

Finding Quality Candidates: Challenges in Police Recruiting

The familiar “The police are the community and the community are the police” maxim from Sir Robert Peel has come under scrutiny in the post-COVID era. Because of anti-police and defund-the-police campaigns, along with other societal

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